Obvious hole in your logic here. On a decentralized encrypted internet what’s to stop someone from buying music once, downloading it, then reuploading it somewhere else for everyone else to listen to? And again how is creating a pay to play model any less subject to piracy than the corporations? See I don’t fundamentally see a difference between n99 and some big corporate label be it a record label or a publishing house. You’ve got all the same functions: You’re trying to turn art into a product, artificial scarcity, pay to play streaming and downloading. How is n99 all that different? So what if the money goes direct to the artist? If the artist does just what the corporation does how is the artist different than the corporation? That’s why I call n99 a sell out because it’s doing EXACTLY what the big record labels are doing regardless of whether it’s paying the artists 99% or not.
See the objection isn’t that artists aren’t getting their cut. The objection is with the mechanics of the system. You’re still acting like you’re selling newspapers or books or performing live on a street corner somewhere for coins. But what the industry hasn’t caught onto yet is that you’re not producing a finite product but rather an infinite service. YOU the artist are the product and what you’re selling is the service you provide. A contracting and commissioning service would make more sense than trying to sell per download or pay to stream. Make streaming free, maybe pay to download or not, but gain an audience and then charge for personalized commissions or performances. Who cares if a commision gets pirated, it was a one time service and you got paid for it. Or set up a tipping system like on second life. Or something. But paying to download just seems futile And paying to stream is a waste of people’s time. Yes I know how popular Spotify is, I also know how stupid people can be. But you know if people like streaming and are willing to waste money on it then sure they should have that option. You should have the option to buy or sell whatever you want.
Maybe I’m just old but I like to have control of my data, especially if I pay for it.